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The Commonwealth Courts Portal is an initiative of the Family Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia. It provides web-based services for clients to access information about cases before the courts. Individuals and lawyers can keep track of their cases, including documents filed and upcoming court events, as well as outcomes of court events and any orders made.

Once registered, you are able to file electronically and create a Family Law file. Registered users are able to view the files to which they are a party.

Once you are registered, and if you are employed by a law firm or government agency, you can apply to the Portal Administrator in your organisation to link your Portal account to your files (see How do I get access to My Files? below).

This is done at the Register screen. Be sure to use a valid email address that only you have access to. This will allow the courts to communicate with you and to send you a temporary password if you forget yours. Also be sure to choose a password that only you could know (see Privacy & Security? below for more information on passwords and email security).

Once you have registered as an individual, and logged in, you can register your organisation.

By registering your organisation you will become the Portal administrator for that organisation.

All Portal Organisations must have an administrator at all times. When registering a Portal Organisation, the person creating it will automatically be created as the administrator (note that this person must first register as an individual - see How do I register? above). The administrator can give other registered individuals access to the organisation's files, or to a specific subset of those files. The administrator can also give other registered individuals administrator privileges.

The administrator(s) is responsible for the security of the data provided to the organisation via the Portal. This means that the administrator must give file permissions only to those who are entitled to see those files, and must maintain the organisation's account so that individuals who are no longer entitled to file access have their permissions revoked, and individuals who leave the organisation are removed from the organisation's account.
This responsibility is a condition of use that the administrator must sign up to upon registering for the Portal (see "Terms & Conditions of Use").

When an administrator leaves the organisation, they must first give another individual administrator privileges, and that new administrator can then remove the departing administrator from the organisation's account.

For individuals (non-lawyers) - If you wish to access a Family Law file that has been created electronically via the Portal, you will need to register and contact the NEC on 1300 352 000.

For employees of law firms & government agencies - You will need to register (see How do I register? above), and then search for your organisation to request access to your organisation's files. The administrator can then give you permission to access all or some of the organisation's files as appropriate.

For organisation administrators - register your organisation in the Portal. A request for access to your organisation's files will be submitted automatically to the Court. Files will be linked to your organisation based on the information that you provided during registration. Upon notification from the Court that access has been granted, you will be able to grant access to employees of your organisation to your files.

Users registering for the portal are required to agree to the "Terms & Conditions of Use", which outline the responsibilities of users with access to court data. This includes protecting the security of your own account by not giving anyone else access to your password, and ensuring your nominated email account is secure. The courts will ensure that only registered individuals with a legitimate right to access the information on a file are given permission to do so (except in the case of an organisation, where the organisation administrator agrees to assume that responsibility).

Certain applications and documents are able to be filed electronically via the Portal, in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Western Australia. Online payment options are Mastercard or Visa. The Commonwealth Bank is the service provider. Additionally, a Direct Debit facility is available to Law Firms when filing in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia. For more information about Direct Debit, please contact (02) 6243 8600 or finance@familycourt.gov.au The Family Court website provides a user guide Opens as an external link in a new browser window. for more information about the services provided by the Portal.

Terms & Conditions of Use:

The Commonwealth Courts Portal is an information system providing information about cases in the Federal Court, the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia "the Courts". Registration for use of the Portal, acquiring information by using the Portal and the use of that information is subject to your agreeing to the following conditions:

1. The Portal is an evolving system. There is no warranty that the information provided is complete and up to date or fit or sufficient for any purpose - users must carefully evaluate its accuracy, relevance, completeness and suitability for their use or purpose.

2. The information provided through the Portal is not the formal record of the Court in which each case is pending or in which it has been determined. It is a selection of information derived from that record.

3. The User may use information provided through the Portal for the purposes of litigation in which the user is involved as a party or legal representative. There is no right to use, reproduce and adapt the information or develop derivative products from the information or to use it for other purposes. Use and distribution of the information is subject to applicable legal restrictions. Section 121 of the Family Law Act makes it an offence to provide to the public or a section of the public an account of proceedings or of part of proceedings.

4. To the extent permitted by law the Courts exclude any and all warranties in respect of use of the Portal and downloading or use of information or any file through the Portal. The Courts do not warrant that any particular use of information provided through the Portal will not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or that use of the Portal will be harmless. Users assume the risk of using the Portal. The Courts' liability for breach of any statutory warranty is limited to the cost of provision again of the information.

5. The Courts control the operation of the Portal. There is no warranty that the Portal will be available at all times or at any particular time. Operation of the Portal may be suspended or terminated and your ability or that of anyone deriving through you, to use it may be suspended or withheld without the Courts being under any obligation to assign a reason or give notice.

6. If you provide access rights to the Portal to any other person, this will be subject to these conditions and you indemnify the Court in respect of that access. Such access must only be given to a person who, for the time being, acts as a professional advisor in the litigation the records of which are subject to the access.

7. The Courts reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time by varying them on this WebSite.

 
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